Posts tagged with: TouchWiz
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    The Galaxy S 4 comes packing a wide array of features. Some, like its flip-to-mute functionality, are minor but useful. Others, like the Smart Pause function that promises to interrupt playback when you look away from a playing video, are great ideas sullied by lackluster execution. And between those two extremes lies a dense field of additional functions. We tried to squeeze as much feature coverage as we could into our full review of the Galaxy S 4, but there's only so much room in even the densest Pocketnow review articles. Here, then, is a video walkthrough of the Galaxy S 4's unique ...

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    There are a lot of things the fourth smartphone in Samsung's halo Galaxy S series is not.  It's not a reinvention, or a revolution. If it were a movie, the Galaxy S 4 wouldn't be the blockbuster revival of a flagging film franchise: the reboot that kicks a sagging series back into high gear. That's because the Galaxy S line has never been a disappointing one. For years, Samsung's flagship smartphone series has dominated the Android landscape, making the word "Galaxy" synonymous with Google's platform in much of the public vernacular. Last year's Galaxy S III accelerated that trend, ...

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    Software, for the time being, is the biggest differentiation between the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 by Samsung. Sure, as it's been explained countless times now, the specifications are different. The S4 has a larger, much more dense display, a faster processor (on both models) with more cores, the battery has 500 more milliamp-hours and the camera is a 13-megapixel sensor, versus 8-megapixels in the older model. But as I explained earlier today, the real world performance advantages between the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 will ultimately be negligible. The only truly significant upgrade ...

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    Sometimes ya ain't got time for dilly-dallyin', spit-swappin', or tall-tale-tellin'. Sometimes even dropping in a few time codes is too much to ask. Because sometimes the meat just needs to get out to the masses. This is one of those special times, and the meat we're putting on the market is our jawing. Our opinions. Our stories. And the subject this week is the two biggest Android smartphone launches of the year, coming from the two biggest sworn enemies of the entire Android landscape. That's right: this is the episode where we talk HTC One vs Galaxy S IV. We've had the One for just a ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    Samsung's TouchWiz UI can be a significant component of what makes many of its Androids so desirable, and we always look forward to see how it's evolving with the release of the company's flagship models. It's no stranger from the low-end, either, and we just brought you news of a pair of decidedly underpowered Androids, the Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame, which run TouchWiz. Now, however, we're learning of another lower-end Android with quite similar specs to those two, yet one Samsung will be releasing without its iconic interface. The Samsung Galaxy Discover will be coming to TracFone's ...

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    We've poked and prodded it in unboxings and hands-ons, compared it to the LG Optimus G and Galaxy Note II, and we've given it the full review treatment. Since the Droid DNA's unveiling in New York City last week, we've been all over every inch of the new 1080p Android superphone from HTC and Verizon. From benchmarks to speed tests to camera samples taken out on the cold streets of Boston, it's all been done. So you can forgive Michael Fisher for being so tired he looks like a corpse in this latest video. So tired he now apparently refers to himself in the third person. But today, on the ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet is right smack in the middle of its coming-out party, and we're hard at work on the full review. In the meantime, since we've compared it to the Galaxy S III and given an S Pen lesson already, alongside a few written editorials, we thought it only fitting we should hold the new Note up to its predecessor, the former king of phablets and the one that kicked off the whole category, to see where the newer model excels. Nothing much fancy going on in this quick-and-dirty comparison video; just a lot of side-by-side comparisons and close-up & medium shots ...

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    Word's been spreading this morning of a newly-discovered attack on Samsung phones running TouchWiz, which has the potential to let a hacker remotely perform a factory reset on your smartphone, erasing all your data in the process. Just what's the issue here, and do you have cause to worry about your data? Like any smartphone, Samsung models have features that can be triggered by entering the appropriate code string in the phone's dialer. One such USSD code on TouchWiz-running handsets can be used to quickly perform a factory data reset. That's not a super-big concern on its own, but ...

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    Well, it's good to know that our guessing instinct here at Pocketnow is still pretty sharp. On Tuesday, we posted a piece speculating on what Samsung might announce at today's event in New York City. We offered up three possibilities, all of which happened to feature "Galaxy Note" branding, and said our leading contender was the Galaxy Note 10.1. Not that it was the most difficult puzzle we've ever solved, but we nailed it: Wednesday morning's announcement saw Samsung's newest tablet announced for American consumption (and creation), with general availability kicking off tomorrow, August ...

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    Apple's latest battle with Samsung continues to unfold in court, and while we've recently had the opportunity to check out lots of evidence in support of claims regarding copied hardware designs, Apple is just as concerned over what it thinks Samsung has been doing with its software. To that end, it's supplied evidence that supposedly reveals a pattern of Samsung copying Apple icon designs for TouchWiz. Some of the icons Apple accuses Samsung of ripping-off make for more convincing arguments than others. The "settings" icon, for instance, might not be a slam-dunk for infringement; not only ...

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    One of the exciting things about Android is the ability for skilled community developers to dismantle and port stuff from one phone to the other. HTC Sense 4.0 was a big deal when the One family landed -- and there were also ports -- and now it is time for those who want a cleaner launcher to get Samsung's own TouchWiz UX Nature from the Galaxy S III to their Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phone. It has already been confirmed to work on a solid number of devices so your chances of success are rather high. You need to be rooted though; if you are, installation is as simple as dropping an APK ...

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    U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been announced (and anticipated) on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Some carrier subscribers were luckier than others but Verizon fans seem to have to wait forever for their phone to be available. Initially, the Verizon Galaxy S III should have been available on July 9, which was before it got pushed back one day to July 10. Then came rumors of a July 11 availability -- later confirmed by Verizon on their website with the patches on the phone -- and the latest report comes from HHGregg who have a nice banner up on their page that says ...

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    Visually, they're almost indistinguishable. Aside from a carrier logo and a barely perceptible tint of the white polycarbonate underneath the "hyperglaze" coating, these Galaxy S III devices are identical twins. But looks, as they say, are only skin deep. One of these is the unlocked international version of Samsung's newest powerhouse, while the other is the just-released North American variant (Sprint's, in this case). Look under the hood and you'll find some significant differences, and not just in the radio either: the international device packs a Samsung Exynos quad-core CPU supported ...

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    No one can really question the success of the Galaxy series of smartphones from Samsung. Numbers represent an ever-growing tendency from the initial Galaxy S to the Galaxy S II (and Galaxy Note). The South Korean company is determined to capitalize on that buzz as it expects record sales for its current flagship, the Galaxy S III. JK Shin, head of telecommunications at Samsung, expects more than ten million Galaxy S III units sold in July, Reuters reports. While it isn't clear what the wording "cumulative sales" is referring to (sales to customers, sales to retailers, sales to carriers, or ...

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